1 ST. PANCRAS RENAISSANCE, LONDON
Suzi Lemer, 31, married Paul Spear, 30, in September 2013. She says:‘I knew before I had actually been inside the St Pancras Renaissance that I wanted to get married there since the outside of the hotel is so magnifcent. Our wedding day was a journey, from the ornate Gallery and Ladies Smoking Room where we held the ceremony, to the utilitarian majesty of the Hansom Hall – it was so atmospheric with a great London vibe. Te iconic hotel has some incredible spaces that are perfect for wedding photos, like the gothic Grand Staircase (where the Spice Girls flmed Wannabe), and the proximity to Grade I-listed St Pancras
2 BALTIC, NEWCASTLEN
icknamed the Battersea Power Station of the north, Baltic Mill is an imposing sight on the River Tyne. Tis Centre for Contemporary Art is as modern and minimal as you’d expect, ofering a blank canvas (although even the fanciest decor will struggle to rival the vistas from the foor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Tyne and Gateshead Millennium bridge, lef). But one thing might distract you – the best-of-British food from the in-house caterers.
3 THE CALEDONIAN A WALDORF ASTORIA HOTEL, EDINBURGH
Why get married in a castle when you can wed with views of the Scottish capital’s fortress (above) dominating the skyline? A £24million revamp in 2012 means that this historic hotel looks as elegant as it did when it frst opened in 1903 (with a few 21st-century tweaks – hello there, Guerlain Spa). Te Castle Suite – a listed room, no less – is a great spot for your reception with wildlife frescos, a piper to welcome you and those views of the city
.4 SHANGRI-LA AT THE SHARD, LONDON
You can’t miss Te Shard – all 72 foors of it, towering over London – and we wouldn’t miss the chance to marry there, either. Due to open this year (and confrm pricing), it’s the highest venue in the capital and its views are a checklist of the top sights – St Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge (above). A dip in the pool on the 52nd foor is a must.
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5 ONE DEVONSHIRE GARDENS, GLASGOW
Less a hotel and more a private home in Glasgow’s fashionable West End, this leafy Victorian terrace combines refned luxury with home comforts. Townhouse No.5 – which has 12 bedrooms and access to the hotel’s ‘secret’ gardens – ofers the ultimate house-party vibe. Rooms are decorated in a Scottish tartan-inspired palette and the delicious food also draws heavily on local ingredients – think Stornoway black pudding, Loch Dart salmon and Perthshire lamb. Just don’t forget a wee dram of whisky aferwards.
6 THE MIDLAND HOTEL, MANCHESTERT
is Grade-II-listed hotel has long been the city’s place to wed and oozes grandeur from the second you set foot on the lobby’s checkerboard marble foor. Tere are a whopping 11 spaces to choose from for your party – whether it’s just your nearest and dearest in the Rolls Suite or an everyone-you-know extravaganza in the Alexandra Suite. Either way, make the most of your red carpet reception!
7 FAZELEY STUDIOS, BIRMINGHAMT
is unique venue was once a chapel and as a result, it comes with those occasion-worthy vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows, with none of the religious requirements. Whitewashed walls and pale limestone foors with quirky antique furnishings and original art inject the space with personality (without having to fork out for extra wedding decor!). Add the sunny courtyard for drinks and we’re sold.
8 THE DORCHESTER, LONDONA
Party-packed history, glittering guest list (Elizabeth Taylor, Karl Lagerfeld and Lady Gaga to name but a few) and a glut of gilded rooms, have made Te Dorchester a go-to name for a London wedding. Host 430 for dinner in Te Ballroom, or for a more intimate do, head to Te Penthouse and Pavilion and enjoy unparalleled views over Mayfair.
9 HOTEL DU VIN, BRISTOLA
Warehouse wedding has never been so chic than at this 18thcentury former Sugar House near the Bristol waterfront. With roomsnamed afer brands of beverage, you know you’re not going to be shorta toast – this is a wine-themed hotel afer all, so the drinks list is impressive. So, too, is the Harvey’s lof suite, completeroll-top bath and private terrace for your frst night.
10 ROSEWOOD, LONDONA
Top-to-toe £130million makeover saw the old Chancery Court Hotel on London’s High Holborn reopen as part of the luxe Rosewood Hotels family in October. Rooms are a stylish blend of manor house and modern, plus there’s a sweeping marble staircase for pics. Te real selling point is the Event Studio, where brides can get creative with the in-house wedding planner, choosing crockery and fowers.
11 MANDARIN ORIENTAL HYDE PARK, LONDON
We guarantee you’ll come over all princess-y as soon as you pull up at the private Royal Entrance (you have to get permission from the Queen to use it) – yes, you’ve arrived. Host your reception in the gilded ballroom, before retiring with your prince to the aptly named Royal Suite and enjoy the terrace overlooking Hyde Park.
12 THE MERCHANT HOTEL, BELFASTIt’s
The venue of choice for the Belfast elite and it’s not surprising why. Tis former bank – think vaulted ceilings and original 19th-century frontage – ofers heaps of options for wedding day glamour. For knock-your-socks-of grandeur Te Great Room is just the place. Tere’s also a super-luxe spa and a roof garden with the best view in town.
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